Mini superstore plan questioned

82-83 Fishergate, Preston
82-83 Fishergate, Preston
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A second new supermarket is set to open in the heart of Preston.

Tesco has submitted plans to carry out works at 82-83 Fishergate, currently used as a temporary pop-up shop, and if they are approved, a new Tesco Express will then be proposed.

If passed, the shop will be almost opposite a proposed new Sainsbury’s supermarket earmarked for the former HSBC building in Fisheragte, though Tesco insists this had no bearing on its application.

Tesco spokesperson Mark Thomas said: “We’re really pleased to have applied for minor works to bring the vacant units on Fishergate back into use as a Tesco Express.

“Our store will help to rejuvenate this end of the high street, provide great convenient shopping for the community and create up to 20 jobs.

“The Sainsbury’s application has had no bearing on our decision – we respond to what our customers would like and a new Express at this location will provide a great service to them.”

Tesco said the store would be 175sqm and the current Tesco Express in Church Street would not be affected.

Coun Yakub Patel said: “There are two sides of the coin with this application.

“A new Tesco’s would be very useful for the people who live in Winckley Square and off Fishergate Hill.

“We also want to encourage people into the city centre, we want more jobs to be created and to fill vacant shops, but must think about the smaller retailers.

“They will suffer big time if more supermarkets open in the city centre.

“We’re going to be getting a Sainsbury’s in the old bank and there’s already two other Tesco’s in Church Street and Friargate.

“I think we should be looking to attract more individual, different shops rather than just having Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco.”